How To Use Herbal Immune-Boosters Safely
Derived from plants or plant products, herbal medecines are loaded with properties that have the power to heal. But herbal remedies can also be toxic if you don’t use them properly. Find out how to use them safely.
Get a Diagnosis
Never use herbs to treat symptoms without being certain what is causing those symptoms. Check with your doctor before using herbs if you have a chronic health condition or are pregnant or nursing. Consult a pediatrician or other expert before giving herbal products to children, especially those under five.
If you consult an herbalist, ask about his or her training and experience in treating people with your condition. Avoid anyone who wants you to discontinue standard medical care or who refuses to communicate with your doctor.
Do What The Label Says
Herbs may vary in potency from manufacturer to manufacturer, so follow the dosage instructions on the label, even if they are different from advice you might read elsewhere.
Ask Your Pharmacist
Some herbs interact with drugs, especially blood thinners, sedatives, and antidepressants. Many pharmacists have computer programs that alert them to any dangerous interactions among medications you are taking.